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What is a Terroristic Threat?

According to the Texas Penal Code, a person can be charged with the offense of terroristic threat if he/she “threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to place any person in fear of imminent, serious bodily injury.”

This is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and/or a maximum $2,000 fine.  However, if the threat is made against a member of the family or a public servant, the charge becomes a class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and/or up to a $4,000 fine.

Usually, this sort of offense is the result of an argument between two people in an amorous relationship.  Therefore, if you have an argument with someone else, be careful what you say.  Saying that you are going to kill someone or that you are going to seriously hurt someone with the intent to scare the other person, even if you don’t plan to hurt that person, might actually place you in a bind.